Google Scholar – not ready for prime time

I came across a comprehensive review of Google Scholar available from the Thomson Gale Publishing group. As you know, Google Scholar is a dedicated search tool aimed at “academics” to search information regarding journal articles, reports, and other “scientific” literature.

In a previous post (Google Scholar: Don’t believe the hype?), I shared some of my preliminary experiences of using Google’s service. I wasn’t impressed by the offerings at the time. This more recent and comprehensive review seems to validate some of my experiences.

I must admit, however, that for quick searches to find an author name or some other piece of information, Google Scholar isn’t bad, especially if I don’t have access to an academic library’s website.



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